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 Mollie Evelyn Moore Davis

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Mollie Evelyn Moore Davis

Birth
Talladega, Talladega County, Alabama, USA
Death 1 Jan 1909 (aged 64)
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Plot Section 50
Memorial ID 80739920 View Source

DAVIS, MOLLIE EVELYN MOORE. Mollie Evelyn Moore Davis, poet and editor, daughter of John and Mary Ann (Crutchfield) Moore, was born Mary Evalina Moore on April 12, 1844, in Talladega, Alabama. The family moved to Texas in 1855 and lived at Manchaca, San Marcos, Garden Valley, Tyler, and Galveston. At the age of fourteen Mary Evalina Moore changed her name to Mollie Evelyn Moore. At the age of sixteen she began writing for Tyler newspapers, and her poems attracted the attention of Edward H. Cushing of the Houston Telegraph. During the next five years, which she spent in Tyler and Houston, she wrote most of her best poetry and gained a statewide reputation. In 1867, when her family moved to Galveston, her poems appeared in the Galveston Newsqv and her first collection, Minding the Gap and Other Poems, was published by Cushing. Enlarged editions appeared in 1869 and 1872. In 1874 she married Thomas E. Davis, who in 1879 joined the staff of the New Orleans Times. Mrs. Davis, already nationally recognized as a poet, became a leader in social and literary life in New Orleans. Her works are divided between Texas and New Orleans backgrounds, between juvenile and adult literature, between poetry and prose, and between realism and romanticism. She published twelve books in addition to the first volume of poetry: In War Times at La Rose Blanche (1888); Under the Man-Fig (1895), a novel of East Texas; A Christmas Masque of Saint Roch (1896); Under Six Flags (1897), a school history of Texas; An Elephant's Track and Other Stories (1897); The Wire-Cutters (1899), a novel of West Texas; The Queen's Garden (1900); Jaconetta: Her Loves (1901); A Bunch of Roses and Other Parlor Plays (1903); The Little Chevalier (1903); The Price of Silence (1907); and The Moons of Balbanca (1908). Selected Poems (1927) was published by friends years after her death on January 1, 1909. In 1955 a Japanese firm published her Ships of Desire.


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